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Your Guide to Alberta’s Warmest Lakes if You’re Tired of Polar Plunging

Posted on July 1, 2024 by Britanny Burr

Polar plunging might be trendy right now, but that doesn’t mean that every single swim needs to take your breath away. From our chilly rivers to our glacial lakes, Alberta is not exactly known for topical swimming destinations. If you’re looking for a place to swim that is relaxing, refreshing, and doesn’t chill you to the bone, we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the warmest lakes around the provinces that you should absolutely throw on your summer bucket list. Be warned now, what “warm” means to Alberta doesn’t match up to what it means elsewhere. So, while these lakes may be warmer than the rest, don’t be expecting bath water.

Brooks – Lake Newell

Starting off strong, Lake Newell is known to be one of Alberta’s warmest lakes. Located near Brooks, this man made gem is a must-stop for water lovers. The lake's large surface area means there’s plenty of room for everyone, whether you’re taking a dip, boating, or just lounging on the shore. The water here warms up nicely during the summer months, making it perfect for a refreshing splash.

The nearby Kinbrook Island Provincial Park offers great amenities like picnic areas, playgrounds, and campgrounds, making it a must-visit this summer. You’re going to love this spot, and we’re willing to bet you’ll visit more than once.

Winfield – Twin Lakes

Next up, we have Twin Lakes near Winfield, which are lesser-known but equally delightful and warm. These twin jewels are small, spring-fed lakes that warm up quickly under the summer sun.

The cozy atmosphere here is perfect for those who want to escape from the crowds of Alberta’s larger lakes. Bring some beach toys and explore the pretty water, or simply wade in the gentle waves and live in the moment. The surrounding area is lush and green, making it a beautiful spot to picnic after a refreshing swim.

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A beautiful dock at sunset on Twin Lakes in Alberta / Travel Alberta

Lac Ste. Anne – Alberta Beach

If you’re looking for a beach with some history, Alberta Beach at Lac Ste. Anne is the place to be. This popular spot has been a summer retreat for Albertans for decades. The shallow, sandy shores are warm and offer the perfect temperature for swimming. The beach is bustling with activities like beach volleyball, paddleboarding, and sailing the charming nearby county of Lac Ste. Anne has cute shops and eats, so you can grab an ice cream cone or a bite to eat after a fun-filled day by the water.

Lesser Slave Lake – Devonshire Beach

This is a true northern treasure. Devonshire Beach at Lesser Slave Lake has some of the warmest waters you’ll find in northern Alberta, thanks to its shallow sandy shores that heat up nicely in the summer sun. The beach stretches for kilometres, providing plenty of space to spread out and soak it all in.

The surrounding boreal forest adds a touch of wilderness to your beach day, and the nearby town of Slave Lake offers all the amenities you might need. Don’t forget to catch the stunning Alberta sunsets that paint the northern sky at dusk. This is one lake you don’t want to overlook.

Cold Lake – Lund’s Point

Cold Lake might sound chilly, but Lund’s Point is a nice, warm surprise. This spot on the lake's southern shore features shallow areas that warm up considerably during the summer months, offering white sand beaches and crystal clear water as a perfect combo on a hot summer day.

It’s a fantastic place for swimming, especially with little ones who prefer wading in the gentle waves. The area is known for its clear waters, picturesque scenery, and wildlife, such as pelicans, loons, and dragonflies galore. Even better, there are plenty of campgrounds nearby if you want to extend your visit and enjoy everything Cold Lake has to offer.

Alberta’s lakes offer something for everyone, and you don’t have to take a dreaded polar plunge to take a break from the summer heat. There are plenty of lakes in Alberta with warm and inviting waters ideal for swimming. These refreshing swimming holes are surrounded by natural beauty, from lush forests to sandy beaches, making them the perfect backdrop for a memorable summer adventure. Check them out!

Britanny Burr is a freelance writer and a contributor to Great West Media. This story was written for the Great West Media & Southern Alberta Newspapers Hot Summer Guide advertising feature. The Hot Summer Guide is a special feature about summer activities, bucket list adventures, staycation options, road trips, attractions, events, and road trip-worthy food & beverage destinations across Alberta. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of the editorial staff.

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